As a frequent traveler, I’m fortunate enough to be able to enjoy airport lounges on most of my journeys. I’ve found that American Airlines Admirals Clubs consistently offer everything I seek in a lounge. I know I’m going to find fresh food and drinks, helpful staff and a comfortable environment to work or relax.
Admiral's Club at MIA
I just returned from a trip to Canada and had a chance to visit the Admirals Club at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Visiting the Admirals Club made turned a five hour lay-over into a productive, relaxing experience.

My trip
I just took a trip to the beautiful city of Montreal where I spent the night in an ice hotel, as part of the city’s Snow Village festival. My return trip had me flying from Montreal to Toronto on Canadian carrier WestJet, then connecting to an American Airlines codeshare flight from Toronto to Los Angeles. When I realized I would have a long lay-over, I made arrangements to spend the time in the Admirals Club in Toronto.

The Admirals Club at YYZ is conveniently located in Terminal 3, Concourse A, only steps past the security and US Customs pre-clearance area. The Admirals Club is only accessible to travelers bound for the USA. The door is rather low-key, which I liked, and passengers must be buzzed through. Although well designed and stylish, the location is an interior one, so there are no views of planes or the airport.

I found a nice selection of hot and cold drinks, along with fruit and snacks. Hot food and sandwiches are available for purchase. There’s also a full bar, basic beer and wine is free. For work activities, there’s a small business center with individual workstations and a printer. The lounge has comfortable couches and chairs, along with a TV and magazines. The WiFi (free across the airport) worked well, which is always essential in an airport lounge.

The cost
One of my favorite aspects of all American’s Admirals Clubs is the fact that any traveler, no matter which airline or cabin they’re flying in, can purchase a one-day pass for only $50. I think this is a real travel bargain and the comfort and convenience of being able to relax and / or work is well worth the price.

Annual memberships are the main way travelers access the lounge, the costs are based on the flyers’ Aadvantage frequent flyer status. A basic single, annual membership is $500. For flyers who have achieved Executive Platinum status, the price drops to $350. These prices include a $50 initiation fee, so the renewal is less expensive. Several premium (like American Express Platinum) and American Airlines-branded credit cards offer Admirals Club access, as do higher tiered levels of frequent flyer status on the oneworld alliance. 30 day memberships are also available for $99.

Freddy Sherman is a world traveler, in the past six months, he has visited Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada and Peru. You can follow him on Twitter @thefredsherman

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